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In Celebration of an African Hero and Global Citizen: Professor Ali Mazrui

In Celebration of an African Hero and Global Citizen: Professor Ali Mazrui

By Ajong Mbapndah L* Sandwiched between the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the people’s revolution that swept Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso from power, the passing of Professor Ali Mazrui was lost to many. Yet, the life of the towering intellectual that Professor Mazrui was deserved greater attention than passing headlines in the media. Professor Mazrui spent a lifetime fighting for Africa. He wrote profusely, and used a distinctive television documentary, “The Africans: A … Read entire article »

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Kenyan Parliament Turned into Boxing Ring

Kenyan Parliament Turned into Boxing Ring

Watch Video Kenyan legislators traded blows on Thursday, as the Opposition frustrated debate on the proposed anti-terror law with jeers and chants, forcing the Speaker to suspend the morning sitting. The Opposition MPs began by heckling the chairman of the Security Committee Asman Kamama (Tiaty) as he attempted to move the motion on amendments to the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014. MPs led … Read entire article »

Keep Religion Out of 2015 Elections-Bola Tinubu

Keep Religion Out of 2015 Elections-Bola Tinubu

Statement Released by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu regarding his withdrawal from consideration for the APC Vice- Presidential Position. By Bola Tinubu I am a Nigerian who loves his country and am hopeful about what it can become. I have seen and conducted myself as a patriot long before I thought of myself as a politician.  I shall always walk this line and no … Read entire article »

Stephen Appiah launches Ghana-made ‘Tornado’ football with ex GFA boss Brew-Buttler emerging highest purchaser

Stephen Appiah launches Ghana-made ‘Tornado’ football with ex GFA boss Brew-Buttler emerging highest purchaser

Former Ghana FA boss Nana Sam Brew-Buttler was the highest individual purchaser of the new ‘tornado’ footballs launched by Stephen Appiah on Monday. The new football which was designed in honour of the ex Black Stars captain received massive endorsements at its launch in a colourful ceremony held at the residence of the British High Commissioner. The balls are hand-made by Ghanaians … Read entire article »

DRC won’t bow to foreign injunctions – Joseph Kabila

DRC won’t bow to foreign injunctions – Joseph Kabila

The president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country’s sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election. Though Joseph Kabila has yet to publicly declare his intentions, Congo is rife with speculation that he is looking for ways to remain in charge of the vast, mineral-rich … Read entire article »

Ali A. Mazrui in Historical Context: A Tribute

Ali A. Mazrui in Historical Context: A Tribute

By James N. Kariuki* In 2004, one of the major South Africa’s national newspapers, City Press, came to an agreement with Professor Ali Mazrui that he would write a regular column for it. The association was not entirely accidental. The paper had acquired a new editor and the new management team had decided to adopt a new ideological orientation summed up … Read entire article »

Growing Up with Professor Ali Mazrui

Growing Up with Professor Ali Mazrui

Willy Mutunga* I have had a long association with the academic, author, documentary maker, and tree shaker, Professor Ali Mazrui, who died a little more than a month ago. I borrow the metaphor “Growing up with” from the title of renowned Professor Karim Hirji’s autobiography, Growing Up with Tanzania, to reflect on just a few inspiring encounters over the decades I have had with … Read entire article »

ALI MAZRUI: The Human Dimensions

ALI MAZRUI: The Human Dimensions

Isawa Elaigwu*   An urbane gentleman, Ali Mazrui could easily have westernized himself, as some Africans have done. Some Africans in the West and in Africa are more Western than Westerners in their life-styles. But Ali Mazrui was a mixture of Western urbanity, African tradition, and Islamic values – part of the Mazrui Triple heritage. A liberal Muslim, Mazrui was genuinely committed … Read entire article »

The Ali Mazrui I Knew

The Ali Mazrui I Knew

Esther W. Githinji*   I knew Professor Ali Mazrui for only ten years, 2004 to his death. Yet, in that short period, we got to know each other fairly well because we talked and worked on both personal and professional levels, at times, quite intensely. When he passed away on October 12, 2014, I asked myself a simple question:  What principles guided … Read entire article »

WE WILL MISS PROF. ALI MAZRUI’S CONTRASTS

WE WILL MISS PROF. ALI MAZRUI’S CONTRASTS

By Mathatha Tsedu* When South Africa’s weekly newspaper, the City Press, decided in early 2004 that it would reposition itself and become a more distinctly African publication, part of the challenge was to find appropriate content that would be in line with this new philosophy. The challenge was to find hard news about daily and weekly developments in our country and the … Read entire article »